May 12, 2021
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. Colossians 3:15a
The peace of the Father and Son leads to prosperity of mind and heart. For David, who was often on the run from enemies (both in and outside of his household), the assurance of God’s protection quieted his mind as he laid to rest with the evening’s close. For Paul, who persevered through an extraordinary number of life-threatening persecutions, Christ’s peace ruled over his conflicts in and outside of the church.
Wouldn’t we all welcome godly peace to reign in our hearts and overcome our fears and anxieties. So why is it easier said than done? The Beatitudes provide a clue: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). If we want the Lord’s peace to reign in our hearts, then we need to let it flow through us to others as ministers of peace.
Father God, let your peace reign in our hearts, that we might be your channels of peace to a world that desperately needs peacemakers. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling